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Conversations

Conversations is sometimes serious and sometimes humorous, but always informative. Host Dan Skinner shares interviews with writers about recent works of fiction and non-fiction, featuring internationally known best-selling authors as well as new voices in literature. Conversations also shares updates on the area art scene through discussions about upcoming performances and exhibits. 

Conversations: KU's Black Love Symposium - Ayesha Hardison and Randal Maurice Jelks

On the 80th Anniversary of Zora Neale Hurston's novel, Their Eyes Were Watching God, KU will hold a symposium that explores themes of black love in literature, culture and other disciplines. On this edition of Conversations, KU professors Ayesha Hardison and Randal Maurice Jelks join me to talk about the Black Love Symposium which will be held September 11-18 and is open to the public free of charge. More information and registration for the symposium is at bls.ku.edu.


Conversations: Mary Otto, "Teeth"

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Mary Otto about Teeth: The Story of Beauty, Inequality, and the Struggle for Oral Health in America. From the invention of the Hollywood Smile to the the racial divide in dental care, the book exposes the extent and meaning of our oral health crisis. Mary Otto is the oral health topic leader for the Association of Health Care Journalists. For eight years, she covered social issues, including health care and poverty for the Washington Post.


Conversations: Lynne Green, Executive Director of Van Go

You've seen the Van Go art benches around town, but the Van Go programs encompass much more. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Lynne Green, the founder and Executive Director of Van Go. Green talks about the history of the organization, the services they offer to young people in Douglas County, and yes, we'll talk about those beautiful benches as well.


Conversations: Gordon Lafer, "The One Percent Solution"

Gordon Lafer is an Associate Professor at the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He has also served as a senior policy advisor for the U.S. Congress. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with him about The One Percent Solution: How Corporations Are Remaking America One State at a Time.

Conversations: Michelle Gable, "Book of Summer"

On this edition of Conversations, bestselling author, Michelle Gable joins us to talk about her latest novel, The Book of Summer. It blends fact and fiction; and past and present; to tell the story of those who, over time, inhabited a century old house in Nantucket. The house is now facing destruction due to erosion of the shoreline and the matriarch of the family is fighting to save it. Gable’s previous novels include A Paris Apartment and I’ll See You in Paris.


 

Conversations: Daniel Connolly, "The Book of Isaias"

For over a decade, award-winning journalist Daniel Connolly has covered Mexican immigration to the U.S. South for news organizations including The Associated Press in Little Rock and The (Memphis) Commercial Appeal. On this edition of Conversations, I talk with him about his book The Book of Isaias – A Child of Hispanic Immigrants Seeks His Own America. Connolly shares the story of 18 year-old student Isaias Ramos and his peers.

Conversations: Audrey Coleman, Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections

On this edition of Conversations, I talk with Audrey Coleman about the Robert J. Dole Archive and Special Collections at KU. Coleman is the Senior Archivist and an Assistant Director of the Dole Institute of Politics. We discuss the exhibits about the life and service of Bob Dole that are on display in the main hall, plus the wealth of archival documents and other objects that can be found in the archive.


Conversations: Lee Berger, "Almost Human"

Lee Berger is a paleoanthropologist and National Geographic explorer-in-residence. He is best known for his discovery of early human ancestors, including Australopithecus sediba in 2008 and Homo naledi in 2013. He is an award-wining author, speaker and research professor at the Evolutionary Studies Institute at South Africa's University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

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